If you follow me on social media you’ll have spotted I broke some big food news on Tuesday – the burger chain, Honest Burgers is opening in Brighton in early 2019.
The 31st restaurant from the group will be on Duke Street in The Lanes, taking over the site currently occupied by the acclaimed fine-dining restaurant Pascere, which is moving to a new location.
When I heard the news my first thought was “do we really need ANOTHER burger restaurant in the lanes?” I decided to put that question out there and see how you all feel about it – what I found out really surprised me.
Within a day, my inbox was full of people telling me how great Honest Burgers were. You raved about their annual Christmas burger, gluten-free onion rings and ‘Beyond Meat’ vegan patty (a plant protein beef imitation), as well as their homemade rosemary salted chips (included in the price of a burger – nice touch).
Although I was gutted Pascere is going and a burger chain will take its place (we have a lot already) – I can’t lie, I was very intrigued about to discover what’s so special about Honest Burgers.
I had to find out more – and you all wanted to know more judging by the DMs, so I reached out to Co-Owner, Tom Barton, to learn more about Honest Burgers and what we can expect from the new restaurant. Here’s what he told me:
“Phil and I met working at Riddle & Finns while I was at university in Brighton. After ba few too many pints at The Bath Arms, we decided to go into business together. The first burgers we ever served were at the Brighton Food Festival in 2010. We sold out of chips on the first day and spent all night making more – we were hooked. Returning to Brighton feels like a homecoming and we couldn’t be more excited.”
1- What makes your burgers honest? And why are you called Honest Burgers?
We’ve built Honest on quality and simplicity; therefore we use the actual word to keep us in check and make sure we don’t deviate from it. Our Co-Founder Phil can take full credit for the word Honest, he’d worked at a few places around the country that weren’t particularly honest about how they operated and he thought someone should open a place and call it honest; what you see is what you get. I don’t think he ever thought that person would be him!
2- What’s different about your burgers and why should the people of Brighton try you out?
We’ve always been committed to homemade food, not for the sake of it but because we think it tastes better. From day one we had a prep kitchen, which made our chips, rosemary salt, relishes, sauces, coleslaw, pickles, veggie burgers, basically 95% of our menu… now we’ve added a butchery, so we’ve got the burgers covered as well.
We also love working with local suppliers to create one-off burgers, beers and spirits just for that restaurant. That’s one of the best parts of my job. There are so many incredible producers out there so getting a chance to work with them is a highlight for me.
3- What local suppliers are you working with?
We’ve been recommended Sussex Charmer and Brighton Blue from High Weald Dairy so far… And love the beers from Holler Brewery. Lots more to try. We’ve also flirted with the idea of a collaboration with Riddle & Finns as Phil and I met there working front of house… need to run it past them though!
4- What’s going to be on the menu for vegans?
We’re working on a larger vegetarian and vegan offering with some brand-new burgers just for Brighton. It’s something we’ve been working on for the past eight weeks or so.
5- Do you offer gluten-free options?
Yes, we’ve always done gluten-free buns. The only gluten you’ll find in our kitchens is in our standard bun.
6- How much do your burgers cost?
They range from £9-12.50, but with us you get a portion of homemade rosemary salted chips included in the price. We always wanted a full meal for the price you pay… no add-ons necessary… unless you’re extra hungry.
7- Can you tell us anything about the fit out – e.g. how many covers will the new site have and will people be able to eat in?
It’s a pretty cosy site, about 25 covers on ground and another 15 on the first floor, plus we’ve got room for some covers outside.
Need to know
Honest burgers contain 100% grass-fed, aged British beef which is finely chopped (not minced) in their own south London butchery for standout flavour and texture. The potatoes they use for chips are grown in Sussex, just for Honest, and are cut and cooked fresh every day. They are never, ever frozen.
Honest are also one of just ten UK producers who are accredited to cook medium-rare beef patties (unless their customers prefer it otherwise). They source their ingredients carefully and around 95% of their menu is homemade. They use free-range chicken and British cheese, milk and more.
So what do you think having now heard from the owners – is Honest Burgers a welcome addition to our burger brethern or will you stick to my favourites (Burger Brothers/Trollburger/Bison)? Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think and if you like what I do please click the little heart and show this post some love – thanks!